Bremerton police lieutenant takes job as Fife chief

Lt. Pete Fisher.

Bremerton Police Lt. Pete Fisher, who was often the face of the department in times of crisis in the past decade, is set to become the police chief of Fife. 

Chief Steve Strachan announced the news in a department email this week.

“That is a loss for us but a great selection by Fife,” Strachan wrote. “Pete is a very talented leader and we have been fortunate to work with him.”

Fisher, 44, started as a line officer in Bremerton in 1998. He made sergeant in 2004 and lieutenant in 2006, where he’s remained. The job includes a lot of administrative work, including making shift schedules, conducting serious collision investigations and performing disciplinary reviews. Fisher also served as liaison to Redflex, the company that runs the city’s red light photo enforcement cameras.

“This has been a great city to work for,” Fisher said Friday. “I’ve had a lot of support and mentorship here. It’s given me the drive to want to become a chief. And I’m at the point in my career where I’m ready to try the next challenge.”

Fisher, a New Hampshire native, spent four years in the Air Force before moving to Puget Sound with his wife Christine, who was in the Army and got stationed at Fort Lewis. He started as a reserve officer in Ruston in 1994.

Fisher’s duties as public information officer found him in the media spotlight on a few occasions, particularly during the hunt for a possible serial killer and the shooting of a third grader at Armin Jahr Elementary in 2012 (police have since found that the two fatal stabbings are likely not related).

Fisher said he learned the importance of “being able to put out a clear message to people.” He also praised Strachan, saying he’s learned a lot from his boss that he thinks he can apply in Fife.

Fisher will head a department that includes more than 33 police officers. He’ll also oversee its 34-bed municipal jail and its 12 corrections officers.

 Bremerton police will promote a sergeant to fill Fisher’s position. 

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